Sabres’ Ristolainen describes difficult fight with COVID-19 in Finnish newspaper

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Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Sabres’ defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen didn’t have an easy battle with COVID-19, according to a recent report by Finland’s Ilta-Sanomat.

According to the report, Ristolainen, a native of the country, suffered from heart and chest pain.

In an English translation on the Finnish news article, the 26-year-old said “Sometimes there were quite disturbed states of being. When there was chest pain, it felt like my heart was cracking as I walked up the stairs. A couple of evenings there were such conditions when I went to bed that I didn’t know if I woke up here anymore in the morning.”

Earlier this month, Ristolainen became one of the many Sabres players added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list. This not only put him out of play, but out of practice, too.

Because of how many players had to join the protocol list, a number of Sabres games ended up being rescheduled.

MORE | Find the list of rescheduled games here.

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here.

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